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TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 247Born: 9-20-1988College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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Summary

The Saints lost Ben Watson, who signed a two-year $8 Million contract with Baltimore in free agency, but added Coby Fleener as their starting tight end. He didn't come cheap, signing a five-year $36 Million contract. Fleener has never been praised as a blocker, but Coach Payton said that he could be an exciting addition to their offense based on his skill set. Most have expected Fleener to be used in a variety of roles in the passing game, particularly stretching the seam. However, reports are that he needs to be more consistent in his routes. Fantasy expectations remain high for him based on Brees' effective history using his tight end. Even though somewhat effective as a move tight end in Indianapolis, Fleener only averaged 88 targets per season in his best three seasons with the Colts. He has career highs of 54 receptions, 774 yards and 8 TDs. Fleener is not expected to receive Jimmy Graham target volume, but he still could set career highs this season. Fleener is a decent red zone target, witnessed by his 17 TDs in Indianapolis. (August 27)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 6, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 11, 13, 20
Overall Redraft - 79, 53, 56, 58
TE Redraft PPR - 6, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 11, 13, 20
Overall Redraft PPR - 81, 53, 56, 56, 58
TE Dynasty - 11, 7, 15, 16

Stats and Projections

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2013 IND 16 52 608 4
2014 IND 16 51 774 8
2015 IND 16 54 491 3
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 65 * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 63 * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 77 * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 78 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 62
TE: 5
Overall-PPR: 66
TE-PPR: 6

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Latest News

Saints | Coby Fleener not reliable enough (Fri Aug 26, 10:16 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener hasn't been reliable enough catching passes and isn't on the same page with QB Drew Brees on some routes, according to beat writer Larry Holder. TE Josh Hill has been more involved in the passing game in recent practices.

Our View: Fleener has been the subject of many reports of up and down play like this one. He and Drew Brees are not clicking, and there are signs that he won't be as involved as his huge contract would suggest, at least at first. Fleener is being drafted near his ceiling as TE6 or TE7 off of the board, which appears to be too bold in light of these reports.
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Saints | Coby Fleener still work in progress (Tue Aug 23, 10:53 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is still getting situation in his team's offense, and he continues to make adjustments. 'I'd say it's an ongoing progression,' head coach Sean Payton said Monday, Aug. 22. 'I think, man, there's some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've got to be a little bit more detailed and that's something that I know he's got to work on.'

Our View: That's not what you want to hear about a player going off in the top 5 of his position. Right now, Fleener is getting drafted at TE5 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues. We'll see how he does this week in the dress rehearsal for the regular season. On paper, Fleener could be quite the valuable fantasy asset with the Saints.
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Saints | Coby Fleener works with starters (Wed Aug 17, 07:37 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener lined up with the first-team offense at practice Wednesday, August 17.

Our View: Fleener is an interesting TE to consider for your fantasy team this year. The Saints should use him early and often, and he should become a favorite target of QB Drew Brees. If he caught 70 passes this year and finished as a top-5 fantasy TE we wouldn't be surprised. Fleener has a current ADP of TE5 (6.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2016 Schedule

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